New Orleans Hornets:
The Hornets won the draft lottery and then ended up winning on draft night as well. Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers should be instant game-changers for the Hornets, helping them with their re-building effort. Add Eric Gordon into the fold, and that's a solid young nucleus moving forward - assuming Rivers and Gordon can coexist in the same backcourt. It will be interesting to see if the Hornets move forward with trying to have Rivers play the point when he is not a true distributor. I also love the Darius Miller selection in the second round and expect him to be an immediate role player earning minutes at the three to help replace the traded Trevor Ariza.
I had Thomas Robinson as the second-best player in this draft, so for him to slip to five should have Kings' management absolutely getting hammered at the Palms tonight. Robinson and DeMarcus Cousins are going to be a terrorizing frontcourt for years to come with their combination of size, strength and ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. Things played out perfectly for Sacramento, as landing Robinson is a far, FAR better result that having to choose between Andre Drummond and Harrison Barnes like many expected them to have to do. It's a good thing the Kings held on to this pick rather than trading it like was being rumored.
With only Greg Stiemsma and JaJuan Johnson as frontcourt players under contract for next season, the Celtics needed to upgrade their depth inside. Free agents Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass could still re-sign with the team, but in case one of them leaves (more than likely Bass; not Garnett), the Celtics added some quality depth. Sullinger's injury concerns dropped him from out of the lottery to 21, which is a terrific value, as he could end up being the steal of this draft in a few years. Taking Fab Melo at No. 22 provides Boston with a big body inside and gives them someone who hasn't even scratched the surface on how effective he could be. Kris Joseph was also a solid get at No. 51.
Oklahoma City Thunder
General manager Sam Presti does it again by making an incredibly intelligent decision in taking Perry Jones 28th overall with Oklahoma City's lone pick of the night. Sure, Jones has some injury red flags and there are questions about his overall toughness, but getting somebody that late who last summer would have been a top-ten pick is a mighty smart investment. Jones will go to a young team where he will have no immediate expectations so he can spend time learning under guys like Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. The reward far outweighed the risk at this point, especially when anybody the Thunder would have drafted at No. 28 was unlikely to be an immediate contributor anyway.
For starters, the bears had a top 10 passing defense, ranking higher than the Seahawks. They need more people on the defensive line if anything on defense. Sure their safety could be upgraded, but they can save that for later rounds. The ravens have more needs than at WR. I doubt they address that hole left so early. Next, how in God's name do you not address the Saints' need for a pass rusher or secondary player? Sure it is okay to start in the middle of the field, but they need to start where they are weak the most. Also, The titans are NOT going to pass up on Corey Davis at pick 18. They need a no. 1 WR and he is one of the best in the draft.
@Claymaker I am a bit 50/50 on him where I can see him turning into something, but I can also see him be a bust. Preferably I like my top corners to come in with good technique and not be selected hoping he can learn it in the NFL. As we have all seen the NFL is quick to pull the plug on coaches and GMs so I would rather not spend a top pick on a player who is still very raw. For some reason I have this Justin Gilbert feeling in my gut on him, but who knows he can prove me wrong.